- Within forty days, however, Sennacherib’s sons assassinated him.
- His successor appointed Ahiquar (Tobit’s nephew) over all the treasury accounts.
- Previously, Ahiquar had held the position of cupbearer in Sennacherib’s court. So he had a long history of court service and was well-respected.
- Ahiquar’s name means “My divine brother is precious.”
- Because of his position, he was able to intercede on behalf of Tobit.
- Tobit was forgiven and allowed to come out of hiding.
- Later, when he and his family were about to celebrate the festival of Weeks/Pentecost, Tobit was filled with gratitude because they had so much food and saddened because so many others had little/none.
- He told his son to go out into the city and invite to dinner those who were homeless and poor. In so doing, Tobit was trying to instill the same values into his son.
- Tobias came back with a report that another Jew was lying dead in the marketplace (obviously a public execution of sorts).
- Without hesitation, Tobit rose up from the table and grabbed the body and buried it.
Righteous people have a professed interest in helping the poor. It is hard to find anyone who’s anti-poor. What matters are not platitudes— we’re all in favor of clean air, too—what counts are the kinds of policies we adopt. Good intentions matter, but not much: great damage has been done in the name of helping people. Hitler said his policies would save Western civilization. Stalin and Mao said they would create a utopia. They were all genocidal maniacs. If we want to help the poor, we should at least know who they are. Census data tell us that nearly all the poor in this country live in houses or apartments that are in good condition and aren’t overcrowded.
Dishonesty is also rampant.
Bread for the World is a prominent liberal organization that collects donations for the alleged purpose of helping the poor. Not a dime pays for bread: All proceeds go to lobbyists who pressure politicians to spend more money on poverty programs. Back in the 1980s, celebrities organized a well-publicized campaign to help the poor. “Holding Hands Across America” garnered the support of legions of public figures (even the Reagans were roped into it). It raked in hundreds of millions. Unfortunately for the poor, two out of every three dollars raised was spent to pay for the bash. More recently, when a donor sent great New York pastrami sandwiches to the “Occupy Wall Street” gang, the pro-poor demonstrators told the homeless who asked for some to get lost. The soup was for the poor.
Helping the poor is a noble cause, but it can also become a fool’s errand.
Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and place it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted. But, above all, obtain for me the grace one day to see my God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the saints to praise and bless Him for all eternity. Amen.